Sarah Uriarte Berry and Martin Vidnovic will head the cast of the upcoming production of The Sound of Music at the Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack.
Berry, who spent the summer as Anne Egerman in the Kennedy Center's production of A Little Night Music, will portray Maria in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the role originated onstage by the late Mary Martin. Martin Vidnovic, who is currently performing at the Hayes in Jerry Herman's Showtune revue, will play opposite Berry as Captain von Trapp. Richard Sabellico will direct and choreograph.
The Sound of Music, featuring a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, will begin performances at the Nyack Theatre on Nov. 30 and will run through Dec. 22, 2002. The company also includes Rebecca Spencer (Mother Abbess), Megan Nicole Arnoldy (Liesel), Richard Bell (Admiral von Schreiber), Kim Blair (Ursula), Ray DeMattis (Max Detweiler), Allie Denburg (Marta), Roger DeWitt (Franz), Diane Findlay (Sister Berte), Leslie Gamache (Frau Schmidt), T.J. Larke (Kurt), Regina LoBiondo (Gretl), Robin Manning (Sister Sophia), Mark Morrison (Baron Eberfeld), Elizabeth O’Connor (Louisa), Kimberly Parente (Brigetta), Lyn Philistine (Sister Margaretta), John Sechrist (Rolf Gruber), Scott Sinclair (Fredrick), Kate Suber (Elsa Schraeder) and James A. Walsh (Herr Zeller).
For her work in the tour of Carousel, Sarah Uriarte Berry received a Dramalogue Award and an L.A. Ovation nomination. She has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and Les Misérables (Eponine) as well as in the City Center Encores! productions of The Boys From Syracuse and Tenderloin. Berry's other theatrical credits include Sunset Boulevard and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
A 1981 Tony nominee for his work in Brigadoon, Martin Vidnovic has appeared on Broadway in Home Sweet Homer, The King and I, Oklahoma!, Baby, Guys and Dolls, A Grand for Singing and King David. The Sound of Music originally opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Nov. 1959. Mary Martin headed a cast that also included Theodore Bikel and Patricia Neway. Julie Andrews starred in the award-winning film, and the most recent Broadway revival featured Rebecca Luker as the beloved Maria von Trapp. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score boasts such tunes as "Do Re Mi," "My Favorite Things," "The Sound of Music" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
The Helen Hayes Theatre Company is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack, N.Y. Tickets are available by calling (845) 358-6333; for more information, go to www.hhtco.org.
—By Andrew Gans